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Persistent Identifiers at Washington University

University Libraries Services for DOIs, ARKs, and other information about persistent identifiers

How to Request a DOI

Washington University in St. Louis can only provide DOIs and ARKs for faculty, staff, students, and researchers affiliated with the university.

1. Prepare information about the resource. If you are requesting a DOI for a dataset, please review the Digital Research Materials Repository information.
Otherwise, this is the information we need from you to create a DOI.

  • URL: web page with information about the object
  • Creator(s): authors of the object (anyone who should appear in the citation)
  • Title: Title of project/object
  • Publisher: The name of the entity that holds, archives, publishes prints, distributes, releases, issues, or produces the resource. This property will be used to formulate the citation, so consider the prominence of the role.
  • Publication Year: The year when the data was or will be made publicly available.
  • Resource Type: Audiovisual, Collection, DataPaper, Dataset, Event, Image, InteractiveResource, Model, PhysicalObject, Service, Software, Sound, Text, Workflow, Other
  • Description (optional): All additional information that does not fit in any of the other categories, including an abstract

2. Verify that URL points to an active web page. If object is embargoed or not yet published (for example if a publisher needs a DOI before publishing) contact digital@wumail.wustl.edu

3. Submit gathered information to digital@wumail.wustl.edu. Library staff may follow up with you to discuss your specific needs. Assigned DOIs are sent by email.

Once all information is received, DOIs can generally be assigned within one business day; however, there may be delays at times depending on staffing. DOIs are not assigned on weekends or during university holidays.

DOIs are permanent and cannot be deleted. When you create DOIs or have DOIs created, you are also agreeing to maintain URLs if they change. This would require contacting the Libraries with URL updates.

How to Request an ARK

1. Prepare information about the resource. This is the information we need from you to create a DOI

  • Location / URL: web page with information about the object
  • Creator(s): authors of the object (anyone who should appear in the citation)
  • Title: Title of project/object
  • Publication Year: The year when the data was or will be made publicly available.

2. Verify that URL points to an active web page. If object is embargoed or not yet published contact digital@wumail.wustl.edu

3. Submit gathered information to digital@wumail.wustl.edu. Library staff may follow up with you to discuss your specific needs. Assigned ARKs are sent by email.

ARKs are not assigned on weekends or during holidays.

FAQs

When should I create an ARK?

You can use an ARK for scholarly items that might not need a formal citation, for example versions of a dataset. ARKs can be deleted, so they can also be used to link to items that might be less permanent.

When should I create a DOI?

Create a DOI when you want to have a formal citation associated with your item.

Create DOIs when the final form of your article, dataset, or document is available, and you want a consistent way of linking to it. DOIs require information such as URL, Author Name, Title, Title Type, Publisher, and Publication Year.

The item I link to from a DOI or ARK I created with this service has moved to a different server. What should I do?

Contact digital@wumail.wustl.edu with the updated URL.

Can I create more than one DOI for the same item?

Individual DOIs are only supposed to link to one item. Creating more than one DOI for the same item is a violation of policy and can lead to the library’s account being suspended. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

I have a DOI that was assigned to a journal article of mine by a publisher. Should I create a DOI too?

No, use the DOI assigned to your journal article by the publisher. Do not create another DOI for the item.

I have a journal article with a DOI, but I also want to create a persistent link to supplementary material that accompanies the article, like a data set. Is this allowed?

Yes, you can create a DOI or ARK to provide a persistent link to the supplementary material for your article.

I need a DOI or ARK but am not with Washington University in St. Louis.

We are only able to provide this service to users affiliated with our university. Check the DataCite Member list for other options.